Proper submission of samples is essential to an accurate, timely diagnosis
Please read the following guidelines before preparing your samples for submission.
- Please fill out Innovative Vet Path’s Submission Form carefully, and with as much detail as possible.
- When submitting a specimen, be sure it is accompanied by a detailed clinical history, and any information relevant to the patient’s concerns
- Along with a detailed clinical history and the specimen itself, we expressly request that you submit in-focus, detailed digital photographs of the area of concern. Clear, thorough high-resolution photography can increase accuracy and quicken turnaround of pathology interpretations.
- Place specimen in formalin-filled specimen container. Unless the specimen is of unique size, a general volume ratio of 10:1 (10% neutral, buffered formalin to tissue) should be used for tissue fixation. Tighten the lid securely. Be sure to fill out the label completely, specifically including the animal name and the clinic from which the specimen is sent.
- The specimen container should then be placed in a ziplock bag designed specifically for specimen storage. The ziplock bag itself should be tightly-sealed and contain absorbent material in case of spillage.
If you have specific questions about the submission of a unique specimen, please don’t hesitate to call us at Innovative Vet Path. We are happy to help you in order to increase the accuracy of our interpretations.